• This in person course is intended for junior or senior students majoring in CBN and fulfills one of the advanced course requirements for this major (R10). The course may also be used to fulfill the elective requirements of the CBN (R11) or Biological Sciences major and is also suitable for other Life Science students who have a strong background in cell biology.
  • Semester Offered: Fall
  • Credits: 3


Fundamentals of Cell Biology 01:146:270


Preference is given to declared Cell Biology & Neuroscience majors graduating within the following academic year. If space is available, other qualified students will be admitted. See Course Closed, below.

Course Description

This course, taught by 3 professors, addresses advanced concepts of cell biology, focusing on genetic animal models, genomics, chromatin function, gene expression, and RNA biology. The course is organized into 3 modules. Classes meet in person twice per week (2x80 min). Attendance and participation are encouraged.

Course Syllabus
Fall 2024 

Course Site

There will be a Canvas course site.

Course Satisfies Learning Goals

Master factual and conceptual knowledge in cell biology that will provide a solid foundation for success in advanced training and professional careers. Develop an ability to summarize, integrate and organize information. Use scientific reasoning to evaluate the potential for current research and new discoveries to improve our understanding of cell biology and neuroscience and its relevance to human health and to our society. These goals are consistent with those set by the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, as well as the Division of Life Sciences at Rutgers University

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Three 80-minute module exams will count for 58.5% of the final grade (19.5% each exam). Online quizzes (2-3 per module) will count for 41.5% of the final grade.

Course Materials

Recommended Text:

MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY, by Lodish, Berk, Kaiser, Krieger, Bretscher, Ploegh, Martin, Yaffe and Amon. 9th Edition (2021), Macmillan Learning. ISBN: 9781319365028 (eBook), 9781319426736 (access card), 9781319208523 (paperback).

Additional slide notes, videos and reading material will be posted on Canvas.

Course Closed?

If this course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the appropriate wait list: Wait List Sign Up  . If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Sciences-Office of Undergraduate  at 848-445-2075 or visit the office at Nelson Biological Laboratories Room B112, Busch Campus.


Course Coordinator/Instructor:

Prof. Ron Hart (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Other Participating Faculty Instructors:

Prof. Megerditch Kiledjian (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Prof. Natasha O’Brown (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.